Archive for Wednesday, October 26, 2011

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12:00 a.m.
Representatives of the Central and East Lawrence Elementary School Consolidation Working Group attended Monday night's meeting of the Lawrence school board. Their task: Ask the elected officials for clarification on issues affecting the group's work. In the front row, from left, are group members (and school communities they represent): Chris Lempa (New York), Dawn Shew (Kennedy), Chuck Epp (Cordley), Michell Iwig-Harmon (Woodlawn) and Dennis Hill (Hillcrest). In the row behind them are Julie Boyle, the district's communications director, and group members David Unekis (Pinckney) and Daisy Wakefield (Sunset Hill). Lawrence school board members differ on bond’s anticipated fate
October 25, 2011
Members of the Lawrence school board clarified their instructions Monday for advisers envisioning scenarios for consolidating — as directed — two or three of six elementary schools during the next two to three years.
6:00 a.m.
In an effort to reduce the number of impaired drivers on the roads after the game, state troopers will be conducting a RAVE, or Roving Aggressive Violation Enforcement. Start your engines: Work on Kansas Turnpike near Lawrence wrapping up Wednesday night
October 25, 2011
For 29,493 daily users of the Kansas Turnpike, Wednesday evening promises to mark the first time in more than 40 months — or 1,238 days, or 29,699 hours, or 1,781,940 minutes — that all lanes and all ramps will be open to all traffic heading through all of Lawrence.
10:00 a.m.
The owner of this water tower, which stands south of Highway 40 off of East 50 Road near Big Springs, is set to tear the structure down. Residents of the mobile home are concerned about the safety of the endeavor considering the tower's close proximity to the home. Douglas County officials have stopped work on the project until more detailed plans are submitted for the tower's demolition. Big Springs residents thrown off balance by plans to topple water tower; county calls halt to project
October 25, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Jaylene Rosenberger already lives in the shadow of a big water tower near Big Springs in northwest Douglas County. She sure doesn’t want it any closer — like on top of her mobile home.
10:00 a.m.
Online chat
LMH pharmacy director to answer questions about drug shortage, more
October 26, 2011
Pat Parker, director of Pharmacy and IV Therapy at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, will be available to discuss the national drug shortage and to take other questions. Parker has been director of pharmacy at LMH since 1984 and also directed the oncology unit from 2001 to 2004. He is adjunct clinical professor of pharmacy practice with Kansas University’s School of Pharmacy. He is an active member of the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists and the Kansas Council of Health Systems Pharmacists. He has served on the Kansas Board of Pharmacy. He also has helped organize medical mission trips to impoverished regions of Kenya where AIDS is prevalent.
2:00 p.m.
Jerry and Geraldine Thomas, Lawrence, have been retired for two years now and enjoy their days walking together as they were in October 2011 along Massachusetts Street. When it comes to attracting retirees, Lawrence could learn from Columbia
October 26, 2011 in print edition on 1A
In Jayhawk country, it can be painful to admit that Columbia, Mo., has beaten us at anything. But when it comes to pitching its city to retirees, our rivals to the east beat us by nearly 20 years.
6:00 p.m.
Lawrence City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets. Group urges city to make headway on rec center
October 26, 2011 in print edition on 1A
Lawrence city commissioners are moving closer to a $15 million decision on a new recreation center, thanks in part to a friendly press applied by Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self.

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Consolidation task
A local group has been told to move forward on plans to consolidate elementary schools, but key questions remain.
October 26, 2011 in print edition on A9
Members of a group working on elementary school consolidation may have emerged from Monday’s meeting with the Lawrence school board with as many questions as answers about the task ahead of them.